NPR recently ran a story, "PayPal Co-Founder Hands Out $100,000 Fellowships To Not Go To College," about Peter Thiel's controversial fellowship program. Thiel feels entrepreneurial pursuits are a better path than higher education. See below for an excerpt:
Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and one of the first investors in Facebook, is proposing a controversial path toward more rapid innovation. Today his Thiel Foundation announced that it was giving 24 people under 20 $100,000 fellowships to drop out of school for two years to start a their own companies.
Some of the recipients are leaving first-rate institutions like Harvard and Stanford to take the fellowship. In a press release, the foundation's head, James O'Neill, said that in taking the fellowship they were "challenging the authority of the present and the familiar."
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